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Christ is Enough…to Adopt Us Into our Forever Family – Blog & Podcast

October 5, 2018

One of the most beautiful pictures in our society, as well as in the Kingdom of God, Is the picture of adoption. One child, who needs a home, finds a forever family to provide the love, protection and support that they need. We are seeing many in the church rising up to meet the need, to provide good Christian homes to children who need a forever family, including several in my own church who are fostering and/or adoptive families.

Once a child comes into that family, they become a part of that family, a part of that legacy. Studies have shown that newborn babies will begin to imitate the sound of their mother’s voice. Adopted children begin to take on characteristics and behaviors of their new forever families over time. It’s really pretty incredible.

We see adoption introduced in the Bible. Take for example the story of Moses. Born as a Jew, he was set out in a basket on the water to avoid being destroyed by Pharaoh. Ironically enough, it was Pharaoh’s daughter who found him, welcomed him in, adopted him, and raised him as an Egyptian. He had the heritage of a Jew but the education of an Egyptian, which equipped him for the call of God on his life.

In Galatians 4, Paul states that those who have been baptized into Christ have received their adoption as sons, with all of the rights and privileges of being sons and daughters of God.

Galatians 4:4-7, When the time came to completion, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then God has made you an heir.

Before we were baptized into Christ, we were slaves, slaves to the world, slaves to the desires of ourselves. The Word says when the time came to completion, when the appointed hour came which God ordained, Christ came, born of a woman, born under the law, but perfect, to redeem those under the law, us, so that we might receive adoption as sons. We no longer have to look over our shoulders and wonder if we are “good enough”, for we’ve been freed! We have been adopted as sons and daughters of God. His blood flows through our veins. We are heirs of everything God has.

Sonship is a privilege extended to us by the grace and mercy of God. The privilege of sonship brings us

  1. A New Identity– We have been baptized into Christ, clothed with Christ, and united in Christ. We’ve been given the Spirit of His Son – the Holy Spirit now dwells within us and transforms us into His likeness. 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!” He looks at you and says “that’s MY son…that’s MY daughter” and He beams with pride. The privilege of sonship brings us…
  2. A New Father– We have an Eternal Father, a guardian, and because of that, we also have an Eternal family and an Eternal home. Our earthly fathers will one day leave this earth, but our Heavenly Father will never leave us, nor will he ever stop providing for us in every way. Verse 6 speaks of our heart’s cry to our new Father, we cry “Abba! Father!” Abba is a term of endearment for a father, like we might say “daddy” to our loving father. The word father comes from the Greek word “pater”, which means one who provides, protects and supports. He provides all we need, including being that loving Father that we can have a close relationship with and share all of our heart. This Father doesn’t look at us like an evaluator – He looks at us as children He adores, and we are receivers of grace. The privilege of sonship also brings us…
  3. A New Inheritance– You are sons and daughters of the King. He lavishes His gifts on His children. Whatever stronghold you are walking through, God is using it to draw you closer to Him and will give you the grace to walk through that. Whatever God has allowed to come into your life, it is part of the inheritance He has chosen for you and will help you to glorify Him through it. Enjoy your inheritance and give Him glory for it.

If you’ve been baptized into Christ, you are sons and daughters of the king – don’t live beneath your privilege. Enjoy your new identity, your new Father, and your new inheritance.

Tony Watson
Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church
Palestine, TX

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